Spotlight on... Jake

Posted on October 05,2011 by shansenmspp

After blogging about my experiences for the past few weeks, I thought I should share some other perspectives on MSPP with you. I have decided to "spotlight" members of the School Psychology Program. First Jake! He was kind enough to answer my questions and share his thoughts with the MSPP community. Jake is a fellow first-year in the School Psychology program.

Why did you decide to study School Psychology?

I decided to study school psychology because of experiences in my undergraduate career. I participated in a set of psychology classes that were paired with a practicum in an elementary school. I got to facilitate lunch groups, observe students, and help out in a first grade class. After seeing the importance of individual attention for children and how much I enjoyed interacting with students, I knew that I found something extremely important to me.

What is your favorite thing about MSPP so far?

My favorite thing so far has got to be the MSPP community. It sounds stereotypical, but the faculty does foster a relationship with students in which they are extremely approachable. I had a lot of questions for MSPP faculty in the first few weeks and I was met with empathy and care. One example of this relationship is that I got to play Scrabble with the director of the program. We both talked a big game, but he handily beat me. I bet most students from other schools cannot say that! This made me feel like I was in the right place.

How did you decide to come to MSPP?

I decided to come to MSPP for a few reasons. One, I only applied to a few schools and I only got into one other program. Two, and more importantly, I got an awesome feeling on interview day. Despite the typical interview being stressful, I truly felt welcomed, which certainly eased anxiety. Also, the faculty just seemed incredibly knowledgeable and the program looked very credible.

Did you have a background in Psychology before coming to MSPP?

I did have a background in psychology. I went to a pretty famous school for psychology in my undergrad so I had a fairly extensive background. However, I know a few students who did not have as much of a background and I am sure they will do fine as well.

What do you like to do when you're not at your field site, in class, or doing your MSPP assignments?

Hah, that’s a good question. Other than Scrabble, I am a big fan of the show How I Met Your Mother, which I watch quite religiously. I also try to run a lot and play golf and basketball, though both have had to take a backseat to homework for sure.

Is there anything else you'd like to let prospective MSPP students know?

You will have support. It was amazing how quickly my cohort (classmates) has gotten to know one another and enjoy each other’s company. I have heard that this happens every year and I was skeptical when I first heard it, but it really is true.